Infants meet Derby mascot

THE ICONIC ram which is the mascot of the 95th Derbyshire Mercian Regiment has made a visit to Crich Infants’ School.

A Ram mascot has been associated with the regiment for more than 150 years and the 29th regimental ram in the long line of mascots put smiles on the Crich children’s faces.

Mascot ‘Private Derby’ pictured here with one of his handlers Corporal Andrew Skinner, even has his own paybook and draws rations.

The first ram joined the regiment in 1858 and walked nearly 3,000 miles across India with the troops during the Indian Mutiny after a soldier had spotted him tethered in the middle of a town and rescued him. He was later honoured with a medal for his bravery.

‘Private Derby 29’, shown here attends several functions around the county.

Teacher Elizabeth Cheetham said: “He is being housed temporarily at Crich Stand until March while his accommodation in Chilwell is rebuilt. The soldiers told the children they were welcome to visit him - so I think a couple went at the weekend! The kids asked loads of questions about the ram. Apparently he will eat anything apart from carrots.”